On-Line Content

We have a lot more going on than we can put in three issues each year. More interviews, reviews, features and studios. Keep an eye out for more in the future…we are taking the internet by storm.

COLUMNS

In Defense of the Philosophy of Art

Birds might actually benefit from a study in ornithology.

ARTIST PORTFOLIOS

Happenstance Constellations: On the Chicago Art School Community and the Evolving Expansion of MFA Thesis Exhibitions

As most of us are already very much aware, the Chicago art community is chiefly composed of art school alumni from some of the very major institutions housed around the city. The art circuit here is a tightly knit scene, and provides the perfect outlet for a variety of alternative spaces and commercial galleries, which are often initiated by grads from some of the many art institutions, which are both teaching and providing prospective exhibitions to Chicago’s emerging artists. Among the most influential of the opportunities these institutions offer are the ever-important MFA Thesis exhibitions, whose buzz can usually be heard around this time of year. Come April and May, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College’s Interdisciplinary Arts Department, the University of Chicago’s MFA program in Studio Arts, as well as Northwestern University’s Art Theory & Practice program, are all exhibiting their MFA thesis grads, manifesting in a multitude of artistic practices spanning across Chicago.

INTERVIEWS

An Interview with Jeff Zimmerman

These Pilsen murals, as well as the indoor Chicago Cultural Center show, demonstrate a style so distinctive that Zimmerman’s work elsewhere is highly recognizable. Using a candy-colored palette and compositions filled with motion, Zimmerman zeroes in on distinctive faces in the surrounding neighborhood and splashes them across entire walls.

Interview with Dee Clements of Simple Gallery

Dee Clements is a local painter, curator and aspiring gallerist.  Although Simple Gallery has been in the works as a brainstorm for ten years, it’s just within the past year that benefits have been held and the first artist grant has been awarded. Conducted over email between the end of July and beginning of August, […]

EXTRAS

All Power to the Free Universities

We call for everybody to establish their own free universities in their homes or in the workplace, in the square or in the wilderness. All power to the free universities of the future.

—The Free U Resistance Committee of June 18, 2011.

Top Ten Links with Stina Kaczmaryn

Stina is an artist and graphic designer whose artwork has been shown around town, and whose graphic design talents feature a mean Lisa Frank impression. Can’t I be the next Lisa Frank? When she’s not concocting awesomeness in the art world, she’s busy making me caprese sandwiches… and finding these goodies on the internet. You can find her on the internet at www.stinakaz.com

ANOTHER PARADISE LOST! : A Surrealist Program of Demands on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster

O octopus, with your silken look! whose soul is inseparable from mine… -The Songs of Maldoror We are through with the rational, reasonable, realistic and scientific solutions of faith-based positivism. Instead, we make the following demands and dedicate them to Judi Bari, an Earth First! liberator and lover of old-growth trees who was car-bombed by […]

Proximity 007

We are very pleased to announce issue 007 of Proximity is now in a store near you. Check our Stockists list for a location near you. If you cannot find it at one of these locations you can order one  from us via paypal and we will mail it over to you. PROXIMITY 007 is […]

Edra Soto’s Top Ten Links

Edra Soto has been everywhere in the past year, from her 12×12 show at the MCA, to curating a zombie show at Antena, to shaking hands with the Guerilla Girls (in gorilla hand gloves, no less).  She’s also been on the internet.  This is what she’s drummed up for your surfing pleasure. www.rattanshack.com I always […]

Rachel Hewitt’s Best of 2009

Some of these picks aren’t necessarily spaces that opened in 2009 or the newest NPOs that have popped up on the map, but since I’ve just crawled out from under a rock, all of them are new to me, and all of them are pretty amazing.

Bert Stabler’s Ten Picks

Our second Top Ten picks for 2009. This one by Contributing Editor Albert Stabler.

Best Art of 2009 (Ed & Rachael’s Picks)

Here is the first installment of our year-end round up of art projects, exhibitions and actions in Chicago that made a difference to us here at Proximity and the Public Media Institute.

Top Ten with Adam Farcus

Adam Farcus will be presenting his “Store Interventions” project on Saturday, October 3, at the SAIC as part of the Accidental Publics symposium.

Top Ten Links with Patrick Holbrook

Patrick Holbrook is the mastermind behind the tiny, but awesome Humboldt Park art space, Eel Space.

Top Ten Links with Christopher Hudgens

Not to be confused with Vanessa, Christopher Hudgens is an advocate for all things art and tech. As the architect of the online presence of “Bad at Sports” Hudgens is a true champion of dialogue and criticism in the Windy City and beyond.  In a previous life he served as Business Operations Manager for Bridge Art Fair […]

Top Ten Links –Casey Smallwood

Why should you listen to Casey Smallwood when she tells you that these links are the greatest things to happen to the internet since Al Gore? You should listen to Casey because she’s designed a dog suit for the future.  You should listen to Casey because if you don’t, she will steal your pizza.  You […]

Andrew Ek’s Top 10 Links

#4 – www.androidworld.com

REVIEWS

Tantalized: 20 Paintings by Andrew Ek and Dana Toft

By Rachel Hewitt The Vegan Gallery, a homey space on Division, has a busy calendar filled primarily with exhibitions featuring vegan artists, performances, and environmentally themed workshops.  For a short few weeks the gallery, mysteriously changed to VG, if in promotional materials only, is showing Tantalized a group of twenty works by Andrew Ek and […]

Happenstance Constellations: On the Chicago Art School Community and the Evolving Expansion of MFA Thesis Exhibitions

As most of us are already very much aware, the Chicago art community is chiefly composed of art school alumni from some of the very major institutions housed around the city. The art circuit here is a tightly knit scene, and provides the perfect outlet for a variety of alternative spaces and commercial galleries, which are often initiated by grads from some of the many art institutions, which are both teaching and providing prospective exhibitions to Chicago’s emerging artists. Among the most influential of the opportunities these institutions offer are the ever-important MFA Thesis exhibitions, whose buzz can usually be heard around this time of year. Come April and May, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College’s Interdisciplinary Arts Department, the University of Chicago’s MFA program in Studio Arts, as well as Northwestern University’s Art Theory & Practice program, are all exhibiting their MFA thesis grads, manifesting in a multitude of artistic practices spanning across Chicago.

The São Paulo Art Fair Economically Robust

At the same time Chicagoans went to see Art Chicago and Next Art fair, The Biennial Pavilion of São Paulo was transformed once again into the biggest meeting point for the arts market in Latin America.

First Fridays at the MCA: Art, Absinthe, and Loneliness, Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for love in all the wrong places, and you’d like to continue that losing streak, you might want to try First Fridays at the MCA.

Review of American Radical

Finkelstein was a professor of mine at DePaul University and he has gained fame and controversy for his books critical of the occupation of Palestine. Finkelstein was denied a tenure position at DePaul and I was one of the students who organized protests in support of his bid for tenure. I was a part of the occupation of DePaul President Fr. Holtschneider’s office. Finkelstein was a fantastic teacher and an excellent academic.

The Land Between. A review of Heartland

” What is refreshing about the exhibition is that there are no Midwest or Dutch stereotypes, but an investigation of materials and clear presentation of ideas which share both countries’ sense of place.”

Review: Bi-Rite Grocery Store (San Francisco)

The Bay Area, historically, has been on the cusp of change; this is evident in the social movements, as well as the trends in food, style and living where humanistic attitudes lead contemporary lifestyles. Maybe, it’s how you use your city space, why and what statement, if any is communicated that is the greatest form […]

BLDG BLOG Book Review

THE BLDG BLOG BOOK Chronicle Books, $29.95 Let’s face it most of the web is for short attention span browsing and no one really reads anything lengthy online. This fact makes it odd that I am choosing for my first review in this series The BLDG BLOG Book by Geoff Manaugh. I thought that everyone […]

Edra Soto

12 x 12 @ The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago – June 6th-28th